All these moments brought me closer to my host family and students and staff at school. They made me appreciate all of my valuable relationships at home in Australia so much more, as well as the little things, which can be often easily overlooked.
I’ve learned so much by living and working in Fiji for 11 months, the type of education I could never have hoped to have back home and it has certainly made me think much more about what’s truly important in life. You come to appreciate the importance of community and sharing and realise just how materialistic our society is back home.
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I really admire the teachers who take these classes as they are so patient and organised. The kids are really cute though and it is common for at least one of them to run up to me in the hallways and give me a big hug. Whenever I walk into the room I am greeted with a loud ‘Hello’, or ‘Good morning/afternoon’ which always brings a smile to my face.
I am really happy that I chose to come to Canada, I’ve already learnt a great deal and have experienced so much that it is unbelievable. My favourite thing is the atmosphere created by working with a group of like-minded people from various backgrounds, as well as how rewarding instructing a young group of children is.